John Borie Ryerson

Master John Borie Ryerson, 13, was born 16 December 1898 in Illinois, USA.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his father Arthur Larned Ryerson, mother Mrs Emily Ryerson and sisters Emily Borie Ryerson and Suzette Parker Ryerson. Their eventual destination was Cooperstown, NY.

John, his mother and siblings were rescued in Lifeboat 4. Jack had been initially denied entry into the boat by Second Officer Lightoller but his father Arthur Ryerson protested that he should go as he was only 13. Lightoller relented.

John Ryerson helped Walter Lord with research for his book A Night to Remember.   He and his sister, Emily Ryerson Cooke, were invited guests to the film set of the 1953 Hollywood film TITANIC starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck. He was interviewed on the 50th anniversary of the sinking, and on subsequent anniversaries.

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John B. Ryerson in Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1970s at a golfing tournament.
(Courtesy of Michael Findlay)

John Borie Ryerson who died 21 January 1986 in Palm Beach, Florida was the last survivor of the Titanic in the Ryerson family. His wife, Jane Morris Ryerson was born 6 February 1909 and died in March of 1990, also in West Palm Beach, Florida. They had no children.

References and Sources

Freeman''s Journal (Cooperstown, New York), January 29, 1986, Obituary
State of Florida Certificate of Death
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3

Newspaper Articles

Daily Home News (17 April 1912) JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD
Evening Bulletin (18 April 1912) POSTPONE RYERSON FUNERAL
The Evening Post (20 April 1912) MASSACHUSETTS VICTIMS OF THE TITANIC TRAGEDY
New York Times (5 September 1915) MISS RYERSON TO WED
Chicago Tribune (11 March 1928) John Borie Ryerson in 1928
Chicago Tribune (26 April 1953) John Borie Ryerson marrying Jane Morris in 1953
Palm Beach Daily News (23 January 1986) John Borie Ryerson in the 1980s
New York Times (24 January 1986) JOHN RYERSON
(29 January 1986) JOHN B. RYERSON

Images

John Borie (Jack) Ryerson
(1924) Jack Ryerson in 1924
Palm Beach Post (1962) John Borie Ryerson in 1962

Documents and Certificates

(1986) John Borie Ryerson (Death Certificate)

Miscellaneous

Arthur Larned Ryerson : Family Information
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Comment and discuss

Jack Ryerson (23 posts)
Mrs Ryerson (19 posts)
Arthur Ryerson (10 posts)
The fourth card player Carter or Ryerson (5 posts)
Emily Ryerson portrait (5 posts)
Emily Borie Ryerson Clarke Cooke (2 posts)
Ryersons of Chicago (2 posts)
The Ryersons (1 post)

Credits

Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Arthur Merchant, USA

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) John Borie Ryerson (ref: #256, last updated: 1st February 2018, accessed 24th July 2021 19:21:00 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/john-borie-ryerson.html

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